Lately I’ve been trying to eat healthier and watch my wallet a little more. For the most part this has been pretty smooth, except for the danger zone that is workday lunches. You know how it goes: you’ve been working hard on a project, your post-lunch meeting just got moved up, and suddenly you find yourself spending $10 on fast food because you’re starving and have no time.
Bringing lunch from home is a great idea, except then you have to find time every night to plan and make your lunch. I take a small bag to work, and there isn’t a lot of room for bulky food items. And man, I’m going to be pretty sad if I get to work and find out that my laptop got covered in leftover chili!
Fortunately I discovered Mason Jar Salads, and they’re perfect. When prepared properly, you can make them all at once on a Sunday night and have them ready to go throughout the week. Mason Jars are compact and prevent any dressing explosions, and they fit easily into my bag. Most importantly.. they’re delicious!
The key to this Salad is stacking your ingredients in the correct order. You put in the dressing first, making sure it doesn’t splash up the sides of the jar. Then put in hard veggies like carrots or cucumber. Next, stack your protein(s). Finally, greens go at the very top. By stacking this way, you keep your greens nice and crispy!
When you’re ready to eat, just shake the jar vigorously to dress everything evenly and open it up.
A few tips:
- If you’re cooking your protein, let it cool first before putting it in the jar to prevent condensation.
- Use a wide-mouth Mason Jar for easier eating.
- Use a canning funnel (if you have one) to easily get the dressing in the jars without touching the sides.
Here are a couple of Mason Jar Salads that I made recently:
This salad has cucumber, carrots, roast chicken, chopped up bacon, and romaine lettuce with a homemade buttermilk ranch dressing.
This salad has cucumber, carrots, fried tofu, and (undressed) coleslaw mix with a sesame oil and vinegar dressing.
What would you stack in your Mason Jar Salad?